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How to Make Ganache

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies with Ganache Filling

DennisIMG_4621We’ve been making chocolate covered cupcakes.  We make cupcakes, fill them with pastry filling or ice cream, frost them, and dip them in ganache—chocolate covered cupcakes.

Ganache sounds fancy; it’s not.  It’s melted chocolate with butter and cream.  (No wonder it’s good.)

You can make it thin and use it as sauce.  You can make it thicker and use it as frosting.  You can make it thicker yet, like a paste, and use it for fillings in these cookies.

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How to Make Ganache

By altering the ratio of whipping cream to chocolate, you can make it thin for an ice cream topping, thick like a paste for a sandwich filling between two cookies, or somewhere in between to drizzle over a cake. Light corn syrup is sometimes added to create a glaze for drizzling.

There’s no secret to ganache, except use good chocolate.  We use chocolate wafers.  Chocolate chips are marginal, especially cheap chips.

The following recipe will yield a thick, paste like ganache. You may thin your ganache with more cream.

wafers-ad1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
8 ounces good quality chocolate, cut into pieces
4 tablespoons butter

Bring the cream just to a boil. In a medium bowl, pour the hot cream over the chocolate. Stir until the chocolate is melted. Stir in the butter and vanilla. Let the ganache cool until it reaches the desired consistency.

How to Make Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies with Ganache Filling

ganacge-cookieThis is really a recipe for peanut butter yoyo cookies—thin peanut butter wafers sandwiched with a creamy chocolate filling. This recipe is bound to be a hit at your house. It’s one of our favorite recipes.

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup peanut butter
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda

Directions

1. Cream the butter and sugars together with the paddle attachment of your mixer. Add the salt, egg, and vanilla and beat until smooth. Add the peanut butter and mix.
2. Add the flour and baking soda and beat until combined.
3. Refrigerate the dough for 20 minutes to firm up slightly.
4. Divide the dough into two portions. Using wax paper, roll each portion into logs 1 1/2-inches in diameter. Refrigerate for two hours or until firm
5. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Cut cookies into 3/8-inch slices. Place them on a greased baking sheet and bake 10 to 12 minutes or until the cookies just start to brown on the edges. Cool on a wire rack.

For the filling:

Make half of the ganache recipe above.  It will still yield more filling than what you need, but it won’t go to waste.  Serve it over ice cream or a dessert.

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